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. secretary of defense chuck hagel has counterparts, america's top of a tree officer also is speaking with his top counterpart, russia's top military officer. foreign ministers from united states and russi rushed me with several european leaders in hopes of solv solvent ongoing dispute. state department is calling a brief discussion after the main group meetings. they will meet again in about an hour. urgent talks between russia and ukraine. jon: new witness testimony today linking paralympic track star oscar pistorius to a new shooting. he is accusing the shooting death of his model girlfriend on valentine's day last year. joining us by phone, fox news producer. paula. >> we have learned oscar pistorius said it is not so much about "blade runner" as "played shifter." they said they were inquiring a loaded gun in the restaurant. he then asked the gun owner to say to people if anybody asks that it was him who had fired the gun. the witness claims pistorius claimed he did not want the media on his back. here's what some of what this guy had to say. >> i don't how the gun went off. he did apologi
that the really hot areas, pressure from other concerned apparatus were in high demand. >> more likely the defense minister. >> i thought in the closing ceremonies there was even the flash of russian with that i love, see them making fun of themselves with the system ring not opening. that was a kind of showbiz moment of irony that was nice. >> they told the story. there was a narrative in the opening ceremony. >> that was part of my job, sitting in between matt lauer and meredith vieira. some people thought i was debbie downer. here comes the marching persians of 1937. there was an attempt, however much cirque du soleil, macy's day thanksgiving parade in terms to show the best face forward even historically. it has been for centuries a legacy of rivers, blood, oppression, but part of his conservatism and building of the state is to reassert a different history, a glorious history. >> and the wonderful future. >> and to toboggan right past the unpleasantness because he feels we have heard that in the west has been dancing in the end zone about its victory in the cold war and the turmoil of russia
were in high, high -- >> more likely, they had the defense ministry. >> and the army, too. and i thought in the closing ceremonies, there was even a flash of the kind of russian wit that i love. to see them making fun of themselves with the fifth ring not opening. >> rose: oh, yeah. >> i thought that was a kind of show biz moment of irony that was nice. but them the real world reasserts itself. >> rose: and they told a story. there was a narrative in the opening ceremony. >> they did. and i think that was part of my job sitting in between matt lauer and meredith viera to-- i guess, you know, some people thought i was debbie downer-- "here comes the marching persians of 1937." but more seriously, there was an attempt -- >> here comes a guy who has actually lived in russia. >> but there was an attempt, however much a cirque du soleil kind of macy's thanksgiving day parade terms, to show the best face forward, even historically. russian history is-- has been for centuries a legacy of-- in many ways of rivers of blood and oppression and-- but part of putin's cashatism and his buildin
. you were a former assistant of defense in the reagan administration. what's going on in russia right now? >> they have decided to take what it couldn't get with a carrot it's going to take with a stick. russia tried to buy ukraine, offered them a big loan, cheap gas. they said no thank you very much so russia is going to take what it wants which is crimea. >> what's at stake for us? >> for the last 40 years we have been promoting democracy. these people want what we want but they can't have it. russia wants it back. they want greater russia back. as much as president obama said it's a cold war game, it's russia at every step check mating the united states and supplanting us in that part of the world. >> when you see transport vehicles, aircraft landing in your city, it doesn't feel like a game. is there anything that would pull our american military into what's going on between russia and ukraine? >> we don't have a military option there. >> when the president threatens, what is he talking about? >> you'll ask to ask him. >> i mentioned that you were with the reagan administration an
said the government investment in flood defenses -- in the likes of this, does the prime minister think it is right to revisit the plan for investment in flood defense? >> we will look carefully at the plans. we have set out spending figures all the way out through 2020, not all of which are fully committed. i said two weeks ago as the waters reside and has that ea and others can look at what happened, we can review and see what you measures might be necessary. let me repeat the point that this four year period in this parliament, overall spending has gone up. i'm afraid that figures he is quoting is phony and i believe he meant it. this is why that u.k. statistical authority -- they say this -- government-funded for flood defenses is nominal and real terms during the current spending periods. the only way to claim otherwise is ignoring inflation and claiming credit that others spend. why won't the administrator admit it? he has been called out. you look at 2010 when i became prime minister through 2014, the spending has been 2.4 billion more than the 2.2 billion in the previous four ye
. the largest are in the defense department. they are in the news a lot. the national space intelligence agency where i work for a couple of years i'd want to take pictures from the satellites. the defense intelligence agency. obviously, intelligence matters. and the national reconnaissance office that launches and manages the satellites. people think the satellites are just up there. no fee. you fly a satellite -- no. you fly a satellite and determine where it will be here that is what the nro does. very valuable role. the fbi and the department of homeland security are both concerned with threats and terrorist organizations and other things that could threaten the u.s. the work with state and local governments. the treasury department is concerned with financial intelligence. you have the drug enforcement agency. department, which is where my security concerns currently reside. it looks after nuclear matters and energy matters. we also have each of the five armed forces has his own intelligence branch. you put all of that together. it comes to 16. -- weoblem with the silos learned from 9/11 t
over the next couple of hours. defense secretary chuck hagel, chairman of the joint chief, head of c.i.a. and national security were seen leaving the white house this afternoon. last night president obama did issue a warning to russia. >> obama: the united states will stand with the international community in affirming there will be costs for any military intervention in ukraine. >> note that use of the word international community. we are seeing more responses come from that international body. we saw the e.u. come out today and say ukraine's sovereignty should be respected, also the head of n.a.t.o. the white house looking to garner support, and really isolate russia, make it the unified world body, the collective against russia. but the white house has to be very careful about what happens next. because we're essentially in a tit for tat. as the white house calculates its next move it needs to think about how it will proceed and how president putin will react. we are seeing other reactions hire in washington including from republican center john mccain, he put out a statement toda
very well after 9/11 they needed to set up there on own defense so they put tentacles out and listening devices out and they are trying to to keep the pull some parts of the world which they think are dangerous. the tooth fist of all the appropriate channels but they are trying to watch the world before the world comes again to new york in a way that they don't like. the nfc if they are doing well will moderate these turf problems. the book has several pages on the major elements of our strategy so diplomacy, public diplomacy economic tools, law enforcement, the military. diplomacy is probably a good place to start create we know terrorism is very political and we know it's usually international. diplomacy therefore has some prospects and diplomacy is done well in some cases. in multilateral diplomacy at think most folks regard the irish settlement which took from 1997 onward until 2007 that was an impressive product from multilateral to plumb assay involving a lot of the irish and british players but a lot of outsiders including some americans like mr. clinton, like george mitchell and
clinic. secretary of the defense chuck hagel defended the proposal budget presented on the hill bringing military spending down by $400 billion. by 2015. but hagel said the cuts will not effect the military's ability to protect the united states. >> meeting our national security needs under constrained budgets. we focus on the balance. the balance that will be required to bend this country going forward. after more than a decade of long large stability operations we exchange the capacity to modern indication capabilities as we shift to focus on future requirements. these are shaped by enduring and emerging threats. >> well, ground forces will see the most cuts but the new budget protects investments into new technologies, vehicles. one of those projects is the joint striker fighter. but the program is way over budget so the military's plans are being scaled back. >> reporter: the joint strike fighter better known as the f 35 is supposed to be all things to all branches of the u.s. military. able to evade military radar, capable of super sonic speed and being able to land and take off lik
of other dramatic cuts in the defense budget over the first five years of his administration. and i'm talking now exit wars in iraq and afghanistan. cuts to the base levels of the budget. i think it's consistent with his ideology. i think is he very deliberately trying to down size our military capabilities to make the united states, in his view, less provocative in the world. >> all right. he made a statement, the president did, that you cited in one of the interviews you did with fox news, that having this close colossus army invites terrorism, invites people to attack it on its face, that's true. if you send a big army in to a place like iraq or into a place like afghanistan then all the bad guys in the region come in to try to attack the army. all right? so i didn't think it was a diminishment of power statement. it seemed to me to ablow jis particular call statement. let's do it another way or am i wrong? >> well, i think it's wrong, historically. he said this in the state of the union message just last month that got very little attention that long term deployments may ultimat
as a murder/suicide situation. so there may be charges. an insanity defense is something the defendant may consider if in fact, she's charged with a crime. but they rarely work and are usually unsuccessful at trial. >> but, ken, do you not agree they have to investigate her medical and mental health history here? maybe that's why the sister called. maybe there is a history here which is why she got to her breaking point and had a psychotic episode. >> i'm going to have to step in. i love justice files because we all get into this and riled up, but i'm going to have to leave it there. thank you both for your time tonight. >> thank you. >>> still ahead, jon stewart calls out the right wingers for their strange obsession with food stamps and seafood. you'll want to see this. >>> also, today's shameful vote against the man that president obama wants to lead the charge on civil rights. what was this vote really all about? that's next. ok, here's the way the system works. let's say you pay your guy around 2 percent to manage your money. that's not much, you think except it's 2 percent every year
henneberg is live in washington with more. >> fox news confirmed that defense secretary chuck hagel spoke to his russian counterpart today about the situation in ukraine. pension officials said there are no military contingency plans for ukraine. we don't expect to hear from the president again today, although we possibly could get an offcamera update from the white house if there are new developments. in president obama's remarks yesterday he warned russia any violation of sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing. >> represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by ukrainian people. it would be a career violation of russia's commitment to respect the sovereignty and borders of ukraine. >> the president said united states will stand with the internationiale community in affirming there will be, quote, costs for any military intervention in ukraine by russia. some republicans are questioning what that means. what it means to russian president vladimir putin, especially since russia appears to be sending military assets and troops into the c
between russia and the united states over things like syria, edward snowden and missile defense got a lot worse now over ukraine. craig? >> those winter olympics seem like they happened so, so long ago now. nbc's jim maceda for us in moscow, jim, thank you. let's turn now to nbc's chief global correspondent, bill neely, who's in crimea. >> reporter: the crisis here in crimea is deepening. but so, too, worries of an imminent russian takeover. we have seen russian boots on the ground here today, well-armed, well-disciplined men ringing key sites. they're at the interior ministry with rocket-propelled grenades. they're ringing crimea's parliament, machine guns on the ground in a show of force and they're also at crimea's main military airport. there overnight, up to a dozen russian aleutian transport planes brought in, including russian attack helicopters. ukraine's defense minister says around 6,000 additional russian troops have arrived. no confirmation of that. he calls it an invasion, whether you agree with that word or not, it certainly is an intervention. and the new ukrainian -- untes
, would you expect russia to come to their defense? >> the russians are coming off a pretty successful olympics. i do not think they want to provoke the type of international incident. but it is very fluid. there would be pressure for russians to come to the defense over the russian speaking population. the black sea fleet is going to be a big issue. >> scarlet, you have some important breaking news. >> we just got results from sears. $3.30 per share. revenues are in line with estimates. sales are down 6.4%. other company news. set to report. the annual report could be released this saturday. lego topping its rivals in asia. rose by theo single digits in the u.s. and europe and double digits elsewhere. don't take jamie dimon lightly. a j.p. morgan spokesman says he was saying that market volume is unpredictable at times like the weather. that is today's company news. we are focused on what happened overnight in crimea. >> we certainly are. >> that leads us to our twitter question. as vladimir putin part of the solution, part of the problem, how does he fit into the puzzle? tweet us. th
, that the troops occupying much of the region are not russian, but local. >> ( translated ): regarding the self-defense forces created by the people of crimea, we do not have any power over them, they do not listen to our orders. >> ifill: lavrov also declined to meet with ukraine's acting foreign minister. he said there would be further discussions in days to come. meanwhile, in crimea itself, u.n. special envoy robert serry was forced to abandon his mission there after his car was surrounded and he was threatened by a pro-russian crowd. new trouble cropped up elsewhere as well. pro-russian activists stormed and re-took a government building in the eastern city of donetsk, only hours after being ejected. there's been no talk of any american military action in ukraine, but defense secretary chuck hagel told a senate hearing that the pentagon is taking other steps. >> i earlier this week directed the d.o.d. to suspend all military to military engagements and exercises with russia. also this morning the dod is pursuing measures to support our allies, including stepping up joint training through our aviat
related to this story. for example, earlier today, secretary of defense chuck hagel spoke regarding the situation in ukraine. here's a bit of what he had to say. >> also this morning pursuing measures to support the allies including stepping up joint training, aviation detachment in poland, and it's an area that i visited a few weeks ago. and augmenting our discussion of n.a.t.o. policing. >> they are sending a mission of 35 military personnel to ukraine. the unarmed troops come from 18 different countries. they're currently on their way to odessa in southern ukraine. the mission was requested by pro-western authorities in kiev. that's scheduled to last until march 12th. >>> social media has played a huge role in the crisis of ukraine from government officials and traditional press to the protesters themselves. twitter, facebook and other social media is being used to talk about it, and in some cases propel and move forward the rapidly changing events. photos and videos are being posted online for the world to see. take a look at this from catarina, a 22-year-old ukrainian activist,
in our criminal justice system, you have to have an advocacy on both sides. criminal defense attorneys don't support crime, but they represent the interest of their client. when you're suing someone because you feel like you've been harmed by them, you know, you're not supporting -- when someone is defending them, you're not supporting the harm. you're supporting the adversarial process. if the state attorney general doesn't stand up for the citizens of their state on a particular law, who else will have standing to go into the court system and represent the interests of the state? usually nobody. >> i want to speak to the fact that eric holder is the one delivering this message. where is president obama on this? we all know president obama over the years has quote/unquote evolved on the gay marriage issue. why are we hearing this from eric holder? >> well, you know, he said that he and the president had spoken about this at great lengths and the decision not to defend doma several years ago was one he did not take lightly. that's when he conveyed to the ags. by the way, i appreciated
reserves to himself the right to intervene militarily at any time anyplace in ukraine, not just in defense of rugs, but also in defense of ukraineens. that's essentially a cart blanche to invade any country. >> saying he reserves the right to protect his people as if ukraine is still part of the old soviet union. >> putin has never like so many other russian elites accepted the legitimacy of an independent ukraine and he as far as he's concerned doesn't even consider ukrainians to be a separate people. essentially, he's marching in to defend his own. he also said and this is absolutely shocking, that he is "not worried by war." no leader other than adolf hitler and perhaps the ruler of north korea would say that kind of thing in today's world. >> should we be worried about vladimir putin's mental capacities or are we seeing a situation where some suggest we are looking at a russian leader who is isolated and insulated and only speaks to people who tell him what he wants to hear? >> i think it's both. clearly he is insulated, isolated, although at the same time, do keep in mind the russian
to a senior defense official, defense secretary chuck hagel, had a it telephone conversation with his counterpart today. we're still waiting to get details about what specifically was said during that conversation. but, of course, the white house monitoring the situation quite closely, in consultation with its partners abroad. for days, the administration has been warning russia against intervening in ukraine. of course, on friday, it was clear that that diplomatic strategy had failed, so president obama came out with a strong warning to russia not to ramp this up any further. he said there would be costs. here's a little bit more of what he had to say. take a listen. >> throughout this crisis, we have been very clear about one fundamental principle. the ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future. together with our european allies, we have urged an end to the violence, and encouraged ukrainians to pursue a course in which they stabilize their country, forge a broad based government and move to elections this spring. >> reporter: so the president was fairly
federal position was at the defense department. i know you have not been at dhs long, but i'm sure you have noticed that the level of command and control to what you may have become uh cuss -- accustomed to is not at dhs. you experienced potentially damaging results of the structural defect. the fact that an acquisition solicitation was significant privacy implication was published without approval by dhs or the awareness of ice leadership is very troubling. your immediate predecessor promoted the concept of one dhs, one structural changes that persist to when 22 independent officers and agencies were essentially thrown together under one roof. as you have undoubtedly learned by now, dhs components essentially function as independent entities. all too often components see directors from headquarters as advisory. this has to stop. for one dhs to truly have meaning components must adhere to department-wide policies and mandates and i appreciate your position when the chairman and i had a meeting with you that you basically committed to making that happen as well as making sure that the v
." the press secretary to the defense security. democratic line. mark inmove on to michigan. serious things to talk about. independent line. caller: good morning. good morning america. you know what is going on in ukraine? chris explains it very well. there is a mass extinction underway. the wealthiest of our societies around the world have taken over government, they have taken over military, and in order to slow down this, they are eradicating poverty. host: thank you for the call. some photographs yesterday -- this is from crimea. some of those russian flags appearing. crimea accounts for 10% of the total land mass of ukraine. a country over 40 million people. mitch joins us from tennessee. good morning. caller: hello? host: you are on their. -- the air. caller: putin is afraid of what is happening in crimea and what will happen in his country. there is going to be a civil war there. he does not want this to happen in his country, because then he will be live on tv, killing protesters. it will be a big mess. that is already what is happening in crimea. he is just afraid that if they do n
to bush and obama's secretary of defense bob gates who said this: "it seems to me that trying to speak with one voice, one american voice, has become a quaint thing of the past. i regret that enormously. and so do i. there's nothing more frightening to our enemy than a strong, united voice. it's incumbent upon his political rivals to encourage him privately, not provide political broadsides in public. there's going to be a lot of time to do that during the political campaigns but for now washington leaders should measure their words a bit more carefully because, richard, not on is the whole world watching, vladimir putin is watching. do you agree with secretary gates and myself that you can disagree with the president of the united states, the commander in chief without going out making extreme political broadsides? >> absolutely. what makes it more relevant here, i may be in a minority, but i don't think vladimir putin had in his closet a 16-point plan for ukraine. i think he's improvising and making it up as he's going along, looking for opportunities, playing off what it is we say a
and killing her. the issue, was it murder? did he intend to kill her? >> his defense is it was a mistake and a reasonable person could have made the same mistake. fair enough but that's a tough defense. >> reporter: pistorius says he's kept a gun under his bed for security. he's always maintained it was all a tragic dent. the prosecution argues the shooting was deliberate. >> considering that oscar pistorius shot his own girlfriend in his own home multiple times, you would think it might be a victory for them if the judge only convicts him of the lesser crime of culpable homicide meaning it was a negligent shooting. >> reporter: well his defense team is leaving no stone your honor turned hiring a company that reproduces crime scenes and dr. henry lee who gave evidence during the o.j. simpson trial. the oscar pistorius trial is expected to last up to six weeks. most of it will be televised. dan and bianna. >> of course, the world will be watching. >>> on a lighter note we turn 0 our countdown to oscar sunday just one day away from hollywood's biggest night and the excitement is building,
of us that the chinese and iranians are watching this feeble response as we're gutting our defenses and they're planning their own next moves. it's not a good picture. >> colonel, we know that president obama and president putin spoke on the phone for about an hour and a half. do you think president obama understands the gravity of the situation and how important ukraine really is? >> no. in fact, i don't think that they recognize that this is a foretaste of what's to come if we continue the path that we're on for unilateral disarmament. we've got to stop battering our allies, like israel with the lunacy of trading land for peace. we need to build the xl pipeline, which our canadian allies want us to do and the obama administration can't figure out how to do it. if the iranians close the straights of hormuz next week, the price of oil is going to go through the roof and the economy is going to grind to a halt. all of these are the kinds of things that when america decides, a, we're not going to lead, and b, we're going to destroy the opportunity to deter this kind of action with a s
and sign the nuclear defense treaty, which he gave away the first days in office in order to reset relation with russia, and the united states is number two. everyone knows how frightened for 30 years since ronald reagan they are of a nuclear defense shield. he should have reinstated the nuclear defense shield and would have pushed putin back 20 yards. then they should have thrown him out of to the g . we shouldn't debate-are we going? >> maybe they're hoping -- try to give them the benefit of the doubt. marry maybe they're hoping -- the russian market drop. the ruble collapsed and many given his own bellicose talk he is hurting himself and at it going to fall on his actions. so let him implode on his own. >> maybe. maybe. possibly. could be. you're in charge. he just invaded a country that we have an obligation to protect, a country we want to bring over to the west. we don't wait for maybe, maybe, possibly could happen. that's not a leader. we act swiftly, we act decisively and we change the equation here with this man. instead of him pushing us around we push him around. that's the only
. they quoted her book to seek truth for justice in their closing. this he decided that her defense sounded like something they should understand. >> when you say she was driving erratically. she was driving a lexus suv and swerved in front of a tractor-trailer, right? >> and there was a crash but no w one was hurt. this is a critical issue. this is an interesting defense. this kind of drug has what you called an amnesia effect. this jury believed her expert. they did not believe, necessarily, what the prosecutor's expert was trying to primulgate. on this particular drug, she wouldn't have been aware she was driving erratically. >> you talked to kerry kennedy in the courtroom. what did they say? >> i was just in the courtroom when that verdict rank out. the jury deliberated about it, an hour and 10 minutes. i asked kerry kennedy, has this experience changed you at all. because this could be life changing in one way or another. she was a defendant in a courtroom. that has never happened before. she said, it really hasn't. she said she is not angry at all. she is just so grateful for the jury, gra
was put together at the last minute. passions were running high. >> americans, stand up in defense of what is right. >> across the street from this demonstration, the security council was meeting in closed session, discussing what was happening in ukraine. outside passions were running high. >> don't want more blood to be shed. >> the mainliory -- the majority of people here did not know where the country was. >> that protest was organised at the last minute in response to what happened in the crimea. they held a protest for what went on in kiev, near the brooklyn bridge, and that was attend bid around 1,000 ukrainian americans. >> that is john terrett prorping from new york city. >> an international police operation took down a fraud ring. police in spain, serbia, britain, arrested 110 people, focussing on border rooms where fake stock was sold to investors. some lost their life savings. police found 850 victims in the u.k. >> uganda's president is facing blistering criticism over antigay laws. al jazeera's malcolm web explains there's now financial fall out. >> it's been called one of th
, to prove that oscar pistorius fired his gun with the intent to kill reeva. oscar's defense says it was a tragic mistake driven by his fear of crime and vulnerability. at a bail hearing last year, oscar gave his most detailed account of what happened. it filled me with horror and fear of intruder or intruders of being inside the toilet. i fired shots at the toilet door and shouted to reeva to phone the police. outside the courthouse, media has been preparing for days. more than 2,000 journalists have applied for accreditation to cover this trial to give you a sense of how intense it will be followed. inside the courthouse here behind me, officials say they'll limit the access into the courtroom. about 100 or so passes have been given, including representatives from both families. in south african law, it will come down to one judge, not a jury, who in the end will decide whether oscar pistorius, once a hero to millions around the world, is, in fact, a criminal. ayman mohyeldin, nbc news, pretoria, south africa. >>> up next here, we go live to the red carpet to check in with al ro
as a government, you need to put it to a good purpose either enhancing productivity or providing defense or essential services. the u.s. has the advantage of being a reserve currency country. we can issue treasuries at low interest rates. that is essentially what supports our fiscal -- >> we could talk all morning about fiscal multipliers. unfortunately, mr. putin is speaking in russia. i believe he is in his residence. he is looking casual this morning. >> you can't beat some of these headlines -- >> he has his shirt on. >> that is an exclusive. clarida takes a shot at putin. >> a tie and jacket for mr. putin. bc is he met with the d'amico meth and he -- he says he with viktor yanukovich and he is alive. he has no sympathy for him. take a look at the features. your cohorts in crime suggest, do we just ignore all of this ukraine chat? >> the reality is, there is no serious prospect of the u.s. or nato escalating this. as tragic as it is for the ukrainian people, it looks as though it is now not going to become a larger geopolitical impact. that is why you see the markets rebounding. >> i
's playing defense but simply raising the costs for the united states and the european union. putin was willing to write a $15 billion check to prop up the ukrainian economy. now that burden falls to international community, the united states and european union. i think what he's ultimately getting at is trying to create the same kind of paralysis in ukraine that he's created in georgia back in 2008 so that ukraine is just struggling to survive and not able to make any fundamental long-term strategic decisions. >> yeah, i think that makes sense. you mentioned the economic pressures. the big question is does that continue to be a geopolitical power through economics or as we've been reporting with more armed forces on the ground or coming in, some unidentified, do we look at something that could be a much more dangerous military escalation. p.j. crowley in washington. thank you. >> thanks, ari. >>> up next, food fight. first lady michelle obama is digging in and some of america's biggest corporations may not like what she's saying. ner. you leave the house in good shape? yea. yea, of
authorities to rethink how they deal with the so-called self defense groups. while the mexicans formerly tried to disarm them, they changed tactics. now they're working with the vigilantes, and at this point it is an arrangement that works out. arrested one of the knights templar, eltio, who wouldn't have been caught without information from the self defense groups. now the army is further legitimizing theville vigilante groups. >> if they are with us not against us, all these months that have been coming back they haven't been fully with us. we now worry about us getting disarmed out in operations and that kind of thing. now the government with us, who is going to disarm us? good the road po to peace in micuacan won't come easy. this is a war they say that's already gone on far too long. david mercer, al jazeera, qualkaman, mexico. >> coming up next on "america tonight," paralyzed, the medical mystery alarming parents and puzzling the doctors. what's behind this polio like illness that's putting children at risk. while you were asleep news was happening. >> here are the stories we're followin
. that's really important. >> the thing thing is, it's just coming out the defense is apparently saying that pistorius, quote, sounds like a woman when he is screaming and that perhaps that is who this witness heard, that it was actually oscar pistorius screaming and not riva. >> got love a defense lawyer. i and they'll probably bring in experts, and the prosecution will say that's not what he sounds like. this is tried and front of a judge, not a jury. so they have to be careful of trying to say something that is really going to say to the judge, you're not being fair. i understand what you're doing for your client but you're not being fair. >> look for the judge to look at facts and law. >> that's different. because in america we do things in front of a jury, more emotional, flamboyant. >> not so much the prosecution. here they have to be wary of doing that in front of one judge, who does have two assessors who will help in the decision, but comes down to one judge to decide if it's a conviction, what the penalty would be, 25 mandatory minimum if it's murder. there's no death penalty
legitimate concerns of russian speaking people. people's brigade for self-defense has been establish who'd had already to curb attempts for forcible take over administrative building in crimea and bringing weapons and ammunition on to the peninsula. we had information on preparation of new provocative acts through the russian black sea float in ukraine in these situations, the authorities of the republic have asked the presidents of russia to restore calm in crimean it's completely legitimate under russian law, and given the extraordinary situation in ukraine, this threat and the threat to our come -- compatriots, prognosis citizens and the black sea fleet. because of this the president of russia went to the federation asking for the you of armed forces and -- on the first of march, the council of the federation supported this appeal, which we hope will cut off the radicals, and i repeat, we're talking about defending our citizens and ourght, the ri. madam president, today i am also authorized to say the following. the president has received 0 -- of russia has received the following from
of the family of nations and also begin looking at redeploying the missile defense system. >> speaking of deployment, what's going on are -- going on with the russian troops, tphrad me putin ordered military exercises near the ukraine. sounds like he's pulling them back. exercises were scheduled to end any way today. the question is are they amassing to go someplace else? >> we'll keep you updated on secretary kerry's arrival as well. in the meantime, heather, you've got headlines? >> today is day two of the oscar pistorius trial and it's been dramatic. an interruption in the courtroom happening a short while ago -fplgt a prosecutor stopping pistorius's lawyer during cross-examination to announce the witness, his image was being broadcast on live television. this despite a court order that guaranteed privacy for the witnesses who requested it. that witness who was on the understand was pistorius' next door neighbor, the same one who testified yesterday that she heard bloodcurdling screams and gunshots the day of the killing. pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend last day at his vale
out of the loop on some of these decisions. it's not going a defense she is going to use. her plan is to stick with president obama, but it makes it hard for her to charter her own course as she heads out on this campaign. we have seen ian senator john mccain who you know is very supportive of her in the past and joked about her and said she was totally wrong about this. >> julie, this shows the long march to entering the race for hillary clinton, the longer this drags out, the more hits she is going to take. whatever issue of the day comes up, it's a link somehow to hillary clinton. >> absolutely. especially if it's something that happened on foreign policy when she was secretary of state. i mean, that red reset button moment we are going to see played over and over again. i actually am interested to hear from her on what she was thinking at that time and whether she thinks that was the right policy given what we have seen now. >> and gene robinson, there are going to be a lot of issues that she is going to be exposed on if she runs moving forward and a lot of people think she is
the defense of saying that was --, no, no, it was giving essentially people a defense in a lawsuit if a gay couple sued, but the other issue is if you were to try to say no to someone or even on the basis of their religion, that's already covered under current law. the only group not covered under current or federal state law in arizona for nondiscrimination is gays and lesbians. everybody else is already covered. >> that's a separate issue, of course. just to go back to what you were saying, if you actually read the language of the law, it was a terribly drawn law. it was full of language like if there's a compelling state interest, then you can compel someone to even violate what he calls his religious conscience. the point is i think reasonable people can agree and we should find the areas of agreement, not disagreement. for instance, i do think we should agree that people should not be forced by government to do something that seriously violates conscience if it is based on a legitimate religious recognized in your church. however, that doesn't give you the right to ban access to what w
in as little as 15 minutes. but the defense says kennedy made an honest mistake and that the prosecution has not proven its case. >> hopefully the jury will agree. >> reporter: in a case where no one disputes the facts, it will all come down to kennedy's judgment. >> the issue ultimately will be whether she realized that she was under the influence of ambien and yet continued to drive. >> reporter: if convicted, kennedy could lose some driving privileges. she also faces up to a year in jail. it's unlikely she'd actually serve they time, though, because she doesn't have a record. kennedy has pleaded not guilty and the trial could continue through the week. robin? >> all right, mara, thanks very much. >>> to the latest on the mysterious shooting of a prominent new york real estate tycoon and political power broker at his castle, one of the biggest private homes in the u.s. gary melius says he has no idea who would want to harm him. abc's gio benitez has that story for us. >> reporter: this morning, with his would-be assassin on the loose, the owner of one of america's largest and most exclusiv
key for the u.s., allies on the western border, allies we have defense agreements with. and really the front of an east-west pull, not a cold war necessarily but cold war-like. >> let's role play. i'm russia. you guys let's just game out how this goes forward. the state of play is i went in. they want me there. this is my place. i have military there. you butt out. these days are over of me not being able to expand, they want me, there i'm there. they are unstable, not me. talking about the ukraine. what's the best response from west? >> first of all the united states has to get on the same page with the european allies and that's the challenge because those european allies have depended on that russian gas. russia has more leverage or them than we do, especially germany. when the u.s. went out and said maybe we'll kick russia out of the g-8 the germans said no, we're not on that. obama's first challenge is unify the european allies, take leadership over that and figure out what they can do. if russia can divide with american allies we can't exercise much loench. >> strong point es
pistorius trial. here's a look inside the courtroom in south africa. today the defense is challenging a couple's testimony that they heard screams and gunshots coming from pistorius's home the night he shot his girlfriend. pistorius's next door neighbor broke down on the stand yesterday recalling the screams that she heard. >> the shots [crying] >> at one point pistorius -- you can see him as he puts his hands over his ears appearing to block out his testimony. he has pleaded not guilty. we'll keep watching this case. >>> at this hour officials are preparing for a more extensive investigation into that massive gas explosion that blew apart a condominium complex leaving one woman dead and seven others hurt. this happened in ewing, new jersey, after contractors responded to a power problem, hit a gas line. neighbors say the force from the blast felt like a bomb. >> it kind of blew me back like 10, 15 feet. it was just chaos outside. people were crying, nobody knew what was going on. >> look at that right there. this house is blown to bits. several of those homes were leveled. most of th
.7% to decline 3/10 of one percent. when he back out defense transportation, 1.7% for the month of january defying expectations of a decline. we should mention the previous month's numbers for december were going to show bigger than reported declines. jobless claims coming out at a: 30 a.m. here's a number worse than expected. 348,000 jobless claims fire -- filed for last week. the average estimate was for 335,000. terms oflike a miss in economic data. durable goods are better than anticipated for the month of january and jobless claims worse. the taking a look at market reaction. we are seeing markets on the move. the dow jones also paring its loss by about 10 points, now down just 1/10. looking deeper into the data, give me your take on the goods. class it is good. you want to look past the headlines and see what businesses are defend debt spending. you take out defense and aircrafts nec a pretty solid gain for a month. the three month rolling average, we are up 6.6%. couple ofter a months. when you look at capital goods, it looks like this is is starting to spend again and ended decembe
official that the defense team, the national security team met today to talk over what is happening in ukraine and discuss options. we don't have a sense yet of what they are thinking because this is all happening behind closed doors, we may get insight tomorrow morning when defense second chuck hagel makes his rounds on the sunday talk shows, he'll be on cbs "face the nation." watch to get insid insight ther. everybody though the white house is staying mum we are hearing from members of congress including remembe republican ofa senator john mccain he expressed deep concern over the potential military intervention by russia. and he said, i call on president obama to rally our european and nato allies to make clear what costs russia will face for its aggression and to imposing toss consequences without further delay. senator mccain we want onto say that every moment the u.s. and its allies don't respond, gives putin the signal that he can be, quote, more ambitious and more aggressive. we are also hearing tough talk from house armed services chairman buck mckeon, he put out a statemen
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in support of the ukrainian people. this morning, secretary hagel announced the defense department is taking concrete steps to stepsre our nato allies like expanding our aviation contributions our . this is on top of other steps the united states is artie taking wake suspending bilateral discussions -- >> you have been listening to secretary of state reiterating the u.s. support of the ukraine. we are here on set with our guest and we were just talking earlier about the ukraine. we spoke earlier with our reporter on the ground. sensed there was a earlier that maybe things have reached a lull. that is not the case now. we have a secretary of state saying we're here to defend the ukraine. what does that mean you a -- meaning? -- mean? a case not believe it is or might economic sanchez. his a board to keep in mind russia has a lot of parts -- cards they hold as well. cards or the natural gas the west is dependent on. you he is a jacksonian guy. a tough guy. he will stop at less than we will. and he is willing to put a lot more on the line qwest as he does not do the same laws >> he's not necess
war to crack posting about depreciation us trained cc can this be the jets' defense ministers since august two thousand and twelve has already secured the support of the country's top when the tea party. many egyptians ccc has a strong leader needed to become instability. despite the fact he actually has the so called bus experience across much of the country has just been posted on walls and so was a rusted out praising his credentials. recently he made the highly publicized visit to russia in which he negotiated a lucrative arms deal. i managed to secure the blessing of russian as the mother to pretend. the i hope in sixteen oh one people at a boarding school in all the snow a teary up in shops and bent it back into stoppage time like islamists minutes and read all around during the pre dawn attack of the federal government college of fundy of the twenty four off the school's buildings including stockport as on fire by mr taught respect for windies will post a shot that one of the dead but tonight's police or young men the insurgents use my it'll come around translates as western
in the back of people's minds to my that you could get some kind of russian reaction. >> u.s. defense secretary chuck hagel is concerned as well. he spoke yesterday to a group of ministers in belgium. >> we expect other nations to expect ukraine's sovereignty and avoid provocative actions. that is why i am closely watching russia's military exercises along the ukrainian border, which they announced as you know, yesterday. i expect russia to be transparent about these activities and i urge them not to take any steps that could be misinterpreted or lead to miscalculation during a belly -- a very delicate time. >> would this fall into the category of steps that could be misinterpreted? this is a russian warship docked in habana, cuba yesterday -- havana, cuba yesterday. it went into service in the black sea back in 1988 before it was transferred seven years later to the northern fleet. this is according to russian media sources. neither cuban authorities, nor state media have mentioned the ships visit, unlike on previous tours by russian ships. does it, cold war? secretary john kerry sai
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